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Removing Stains from Laundry April 28, 2012

Filed under: Laundry,Life with an infant — Christy @ 7:28 am

My mother can get any substance out of any garment using cold water and a bar of soap.    Maybe by the time I have a teenagers , I will have mastered the skill.

Who:  Whoever finds the stain—in my dream world.  In reality, it’s probably me.

What:  I keep a tub in the laundry room just for soaking stains.   Water is the universal solvent, and most common stains are gone in the morning.     Often, just rinsing a stain thoroughly in a good stream of water works.

Sunshine has great bleaching power.  I had ruined multiple baby clothes with oxygen bleach when I ran across this tip.  Sunshine is particularly great for removing infant poop stains, when the infant is nursing.  It still seems like magic to me.

For ink stains, use hairspray to loosen the dye, and rinse with cold water.

For blood stains, use hydrogen peroxide.

Where:  In my laundry room.  In some previous homes with less ideal laundry situations, I used the bathroom for stain treatments.

When:  As soon as possible.  (Thanks, mom!) I try to make sure that anything that needs to be soaked is soaking in the evening before I head to bed.  After the stain is treated, I can usually wash the garment normally.  It’s especially important to make sure that the stain is gone before placing the garment in the dryer, as high heat will almost always make the stain permanent.

What tricks have you picked up for removing laundry stains in your household?


My Basic Laundry Routine: Sorting April 16, 2012

Filed under: Laundry,Organization — Christy @ 6:25 pm

Wherin as much as others have written much on the details of tending laundry, I thought it necessary to write an overview of my laundry routine as well.

First Step: Sort the laundry!

My current method

I have an in home washer and dryer, and my weekly chores are usually spread out through out the week. 

Who:  Whoever wears the clothes sorts them.  Even my two-year-old can take her clothes to the laundry room.

What:  Three to five narrow hampers.  Currently my categories are cold wash, hot wash (for towels), and warm wash( for clothes).  You may want to separate by colors, or keep the baby’s clothes separate. I also have a water tight bin that can be used for soaking.  These baskets came from Ikea.

When:  As soon as the clothes are taken off.

Where:   In this home, the laundry room is located in the middle of the house, between the bath and the bedrooms, so it’s easy for the family to duck in and drop of dirty clothes on the way from the shower. When I had a home with extra space in the hallway between the bedrooms and main bath, that was where the sorting station was located.  When one hamper was full, I simply grabbed it and took it to the garage, where our washer and dryer were located.

Why:  I know which loads of laundry need to be done at a glance.  When the hamper is full, that designates one load of laundry. No wasting time to sort.

When I was single

I only did laundry every two weeks using this method.

Who: The laundress.

What:  A sturdy bag with a comfortable handle, and multiple washing machines.

When: On laundry day.

Where: At the laundry facility.

Why:   The main concern was to get the clothes easily to and from the laundry.

What tricks have you learned for efficiently sorting laundry?


Getting things done when you have an infant January 15, 2012

Filed under: Laundry,Life with an infant,Organization,Saving time — Christy @ 3:21 am

1. When I was getting up multiple times in the night to nurse, I would change laundry loads after every feeding.  Then, in themorning, all the laundry was ready to put away, or at least my husband could dig through to get what he needed.  It was well worth the extra five minutes of lost sleep every three hours.

2. When my daughter was an infant, I learned that if I would feed the baby  thirty minutes before her natural time to get up in the morning, she would sleep about until when my toddler got up.  That gave me a couple of hours of no baby time to get things of all kinds done in the morning.

3.  Use my nursing time.  My son nursed twelve hours per day and longer at times.  I found that it was a great time to catch up on phone calls and planning.  It’s also when I could do  memory work or read a book.

Let’s help out some moms who are just getting started!  What other tricks  have you learned to get things done while you had an infant?